DTM-Preview: Third race of the season in Budapest.
Christian Vietoris achieved his first DTM victory at the race in Oschersleben: “I began this season with the aim of winning my first DTM race. I never expected that it would happen so quickly after such a tough start to the season in Hockenheim. My team did a fantastic job at the last race weekend in Oschersleben, and everything went well – car, pit stops and strategy were all perfect in tricky conditions – but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we are not yet where we want to be in the dry. We’re still not fast enough to win in all conditions. At Oschersleben, however, we showed that we’re trying to achieve the very best results possible in the circumstances, utilising a well-thought out strategy and solid teamwork to compensate for the situation.
But there’s still a lot of work to do to increase our cars’ performance in all conditions over the coming weeks.”
Budapest is a really cool city.
Paul Di Resta has lined up in Formula 1 at the Hungaroring during the past three years: “Budapest is a really cool city that I’ve been privileged to get to know through Formula 1, so I’m really pleased that the track has found its place back on the DTM calendar after such a long break. We tested pre-season at the Hungaroring and consequently have some empirical data to work with as we travel to this third race weekend of the year. Although we’ve already tested there, we still have a lot to learn this weekend about the track and setup, especially in the situation in which we find ourselves where we all have to pull together to go on improving our cars’ performance.”
Gary Paffett will contest his 105th DTM race in Hungary: “I like driving on new tracks, but actually, I’m quite used to the Hungaroring from DTM tests this winter and am also already very familiar with it from the many visits I’ve made there as a Formula 1 test driver. Overtaking in Budapest is a real challenge, so it’s a bit like last time out at Oschersleben.
The track has plenty of turns and relatively few straights. Most of the corners are medium fast, but there are also some faster ones. It’s an interesting track and should be a lot of fun, especially on options.”
Vitaly Petrov has lined up in Budapest every year during 2006-2012 in either GP2 or Formula 1: “I know the track well from my time in Hungary both in GP2 and in Formula 1. That doesn’t mean that I’ve got any kind of an advantage as a result, though. On the contrary, I noticed at the season opener in Hockenheim that I have to approach tracks completely differently in a DTM car and adapt my driving style to suit. It’s nice that the DTM is taking place in Hungary. I like the atmosphere at the Hungaroring. Budapest is a beautiful city and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere on race weekends.”
Budapest is a beautiful and very challenging circuit.
Robert Wickens lined up in GP3 in Budapest during the 2010 season: “Budapest is a beautiful and very challenging circuit and I’ve already achieved a podium there in GP3. With its many narrow, twisty turns and very few straights, it’s almost like a street circuit that’s actually a permanent race track. The driver always has plenty to do on a lap around the Hungaroring, and there are few places where you can relax.”
Daniel Juncadella contested four Formula BMW races at the Hungaroring in 2008 and 2009: “I really look forward to Hungary. I took my first race win in Formula BMW at the Hungaroring during the 2008 season – and then clinched my second victory the very next day. I like to look back on that.
The circuit is very demanding for both driver and car with its many turns. We can expect a physically demanding race, made even tougher by the lack of long straights, because there’s simply no time to relax at all on this track, not for a single second.”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “We’ve known the Hungaroring for many years now through Formula 1 and thus have first-hand experience of the fans’ enormous enthusiasm for motor racing in Eastern Europe. Budapest is an important fixture for Mercedes-Benz, and we can certainly expect that a good many of the more than 3,400 colleagues from our plant in the Hungarian town of Kecskemét will come to the circuit to wish us luck. Their usual job is to produce the B-Class and the Mercedes-Benz CLA, but we aim to provide them with an exciting show this DTM weekend. Our first win of the season in the previous race at Oschersleben has given our team an extra motivational boost. However, we are aware that this victory came about in particular circumstances. Therefore, we will continue to work tirelessly to go on improving our performance in the dry.”